Word of the Day: Tech Definitions from WhatIs.com


March 17, 2017  6:50 PM

Hawthorne effect

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Employee monitoring

The Hawthorne effect is a psychological phenomenon that produces an improvement in human behavior or performance as a result of increased attention from superiors, clients or colleagues. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Just remember that you need to find a balance between ethics, best practices in monitoring and keeping your employees happy and productive.” – Gary Miliefsky

Learning Center
Best practices for employer monitoring of social media
Employer monitoring of social media should be covered in a social media policy for employees, explains IT security expert Joe Granneman in this security advice column.

IoT at work: How IoT empowers employee productivity
Deploying IoT in the workplace can improve employee productivity and employee satisfaction — a win for both management and the company as a whole.

Firms can monitor employees’ online chats, EU court rules
Human rights court says it is not unreasonable for employers to want to verify that staff are completing their professional tasks during working hours.

Employee monitoring: Is Big Brother a bad idea?
Employee monitoring can help protect intellectual property and keep an eye on employee activities, if it’s done properly. In this interview, expert Kevin Beaver of Principle Logic LLC talks about the dos and don’ts of employee monitoring.

Spyware vs. spyware: Employer and employee monitoring
What rights and responsibilities do employers and employees have when monitoring others’ use of company systems?

Trending Terms
social networking
employee productivity
human resource management
goldbricking
ROWE
employee monitoring

Writing for Business
Business activity monitoring provides an immediate real-time monitoring and _________ capability.
A. decisioning
B. decision-making
Answer

March 16, 2017  5:30 PM

critical thinking

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Bias, innovation

Critical thinking is the capacity to be objective, rational and analytical about subjects, situations and cognitive problems. As a process, critical thinking is the ongoing effort to improve our cognitive abilities in that capacity. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“By applying appropriate types of thinking at critical junctures, IT professionals will make better decisions, perhaps putting the number of failed projects on the decline in future.” – Joseph R. Czarnecki

Learning Center
The importance of critical thinking in software testing
Whether you are using automated testing, exploratory testing or any other testing approach, it is important to use critical thinking skills.

Top skills for IT managers – Part 3: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
In this six-part series, Joseph R. Czarnecki, project management specialist and senior consultant at ESI International, identifies six top business skills at which every IT project manager needs to excel.

Common biases that can taint analytics analysis
Businesses are increasingly using data to drive decisions, but these common biases can still muddle analytics analysis.

Software testing techniques: Overcoming biases
Expert Gerie Owen offers software testing techniques to help overcome biases and boost code quality and answers the pressing question: “How did I miss that bug?”

Think different: Cognitive computing systems will bring data-led change
Cognitive computing systems will replace old programming models and devise applications based on data.

Trending Terms
six thinking hats retrospective
PMI retrospective
availability bias
intrapreneurs
heuristic
business innovation

Writing for Business
Critical thinking asks if a conclusion is ______ evidence or gut feelings.
A. based on
B. based off
Answer


March 15, 2017  4:33 PM

rogue employee

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Rogue IT, Shadow IT

A rogue employee is a worker who undermines the organization that employs him by failing to comply with its business rules and policies. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“The ultimate threat remains one that most IT managers choose not to even think about: the rogue employee or contractor who compromises security either inadvertently or intentionally.” – Craig Mathias

Learning Center
Rogue activity thwarted by early warning systems
Learn how to frustrate rogue employees at financial services firms.

Protect your network and data from internal threats
Internal threats can pose just as much of a problem as external threats, so it’s important to remember to account for vulnerabilities in both avenues of attack.

Cybercriminals, rogue users cause DaaS security concerns
DaaS security concerns such as hackers from competing companies, disgruntled inside employees and users with unsecure browsing habits can all put your hosted desktops at risk.

Defend against internal network threats
Security software helps protect your network from the outside world, but what if the threat is internal — a rogue employee, for instance. Defend against internal network threats with this tip.

Building staff-related disaster scenarios for BC/DR exercise planning
Develop effective staff-related business continuity and disaster recovery scenarios in your BC/DR exercise planning by focusing on the sudden loss of more than one key person.

Trending Terms
business continuance
insider threat
rogue IT
industrial espionage
shadow IT
BYOX

Writing for Business
Most major security breaches ____________ human error.
A. can be attributed to
B. are due to
Answer


March 14, 2017  4:24 PM

six degrees of separation

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Six degrees of separation is the theory that any person on the planet can be connected to any other person on the planet through a chain of acquaintances that has no more than five intermediaries. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“If you have ever drawn dots on a whiteboard and then connected them, you can appreciate that thinking in terms of nodes and links naturally echoes many real-world scenarios.” – Mike Matchett

Learning Center
Set strategy to target social media influencers
Learn best practices to determine social media influencers.

Why Facebook and the NSA love graph databases
Graph databases help us understand important relationships between data points rather than compartmentalizing them. See how IT teams are implementing this approach for businesses.

Six degrees of sales separation
New social-networking applications designed to close deals are based on the premise that every salesperson has a Kevin Bacon or two in their lives, but just need help finding them.

Graph database technology starts to come of age beyond social media
Graph databases, based on mathematics known for three centuries, are starting to yield value for businesses beyond Facebook and Twitter.

Graph databases: Joining the dots
We explore why the growth of graph databases could be pointing the database market in a new direction.

Trending Terms
graph database
NoSQL
graph theory
social networking
social graph

Writing for Business
Some people join social networking sites but don’t ________ them often.
A. frequent
B. visit
Answer


March 13, 2017  7:50 PM

demand-side platform (DSP)

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"Marketing and Advertising", advertising, Real-time data

A demand-side platform (DSP) is software that allows an advertiser to buy inventory from ad exchanges and manage advertising campaigns. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Advertising has always been about data. Even when you go back to the ’60s and the sponsoring of TV shows, it was always about finding an audience.” – Richard Sobel

Learning Center
Sky’s the limit for cloud big data in online ads
An online marketing and advertising company finds that using a cloud big data platform is more economical and better for the work it does.

Marketing and advertising remain sweet spots for big data technology
Marketing and advertising are the sweet spots for big data, but those who serve them up will need to evolve to survive. Learn more about how marketers and advertisers use big data.

Don’t Fall Prey to the Perils of Lowest-Possible CPMs
This bog post warns marketers about perils of low-cost CPMs associated with programmatic advertising and lays out better ways to target audience through context.

CIOs under pressure to generate revenue through data monetization
Companies are increasingly venturing into the data monetization business, putting added pressure on CIOs.

3 Questions to Ask Before Starting a Retargeting Campaign
This post outlines 3 questions technology marketers should ask before launching a retargeting campaign and why you must pay more attention to data sources.

Trending Terms
ad exchange
real-time analytics
real-time bidding
supply-side platform
targeted ad
programmatic advertising

Writing for Business
________ allow an advertiser to maximize their ROI through exceptional targeting, real-time bidding, and campaign optimization.
A. DSPs
B. DSP’s
Answer


March 10, 2017  8:05 PM

Snapchat

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Ephemeral messaging, Snapchat

Snapchat is a mobile app that allows users to send and receive “self-destructing” photos and videos. Photos and videos taken with the app are called snaps. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“The company formerly known as Snapchat has been rebranded as Snap, Inc., and is entering the hardware market with the release of image-capturing sunglasses called ‘Spectacles.'” – Christian Stafford

Learning Center
Snapchat eyes the hardware market with new video-recording sunglasses
Snap, Inc., the company behind the popular photo and video messaging app Snapchat, is releasing a pair of photo and video-capturing glasses that have some worried about the possible privacy implications of such a device.

CES to CIOs: Watch out for wearable technology
This week’s Searchlight finds wearable technology looking and working better than ever. Plus, a tough lesson in how not to use email, the lure of ephemeral messaging and more.

Snapchat hack has users thinking twice
A recent hack into Snapchat, the social media platform for photo sharing, has users thinking twice about giving personal information to these services.

Twitter savvy health IT exec uses wearable tracking device
Twitter savvy healthcare system chief innovation officer uses smart wearable tracking device for fitness and sees wearables as important to health IT.

Book chapter: Social media security policy best practices
The following is an excerpt from chapter 6 Gary Bahadur from the book “Securing the clicks: Network security in the age of social media.”

Trending Terms
ephemeral messaging
show-me marketing
Slingshot
selfie
wearables OS
systems of engagement

Writing for BusinessI’m cleaning up my Facebook account, unfriending people I don’t know and the ones I wish I didn’t know that have somehow ______ in.
a. snuck
b. sneaked
Answer


March 9, 2017  3:02 PM

vulnerability management

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vulnerabilities, vulnerability management

Vulnerability management is a pro-active approach to managing network security by reducing the likelihood that flaws in code or design could compromise the security of an endpoint or network. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Organizations tackle the most severe vulnerabilities first and work their way down to the least severe as time and resources permit. Some vulnerabilities don’t pose a serious threat to the organization and may simply be accepted, which means they are not remediated.” – Ed Tittel

Learning Center
Introduction to vulnerability management tools
Vulnerability management tools can be an invaluable asset for enterprises. Here’s how vulnerability management software works to close security gaps.

Comparing the top vulnerability management tools
Expert Ed Tittel explores and discusses critical features of the top vulnerability management tools on the market.

Pentagon hack possible due to bad vulnerability management
A Pentagon hack may have already occurred because of flaws in DOD systems that have been unpatched for at least eight months.

Seven criteria for buying vulnerability management tools
Expert contributor Ed Tittel describes key purchasing criteria for vulnerability management tools for all types and sizes of organizations.

Best practices for an information security assessment
An information security assessment is a good way to measure the security risk present in your organization. Find out how to yield effective results.

Trending Terms
vulnerability management planning
firewall
vulnerability analysis
Common Vulnerability Scoring System
penetration testing
vulnerability scanner
vulnerability disclosure
hardware vulnerability
zero-day vulnerability

Writing for Business
The number of security holes found during the penetration test left _________ shaken.
A. the CSO and me
B. the CSO and I
C. the CSO and myself
Answer


March 7, 2017  5:19 PM

virtual

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert
Desktop virtualization, Digital assistant, virtual, Virtualization

In computing, virtual is a digitally replicated version of something real. The replication, which is created with software, may not be an exact copy of the actual item, but it is similar enough, in essence, to be described as a digital rendition. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“The mindsets that used to limit which applications could be virtualized are mostly gone now via a combination of maturing administrators, more capable hardware and experience.” – Matthew Portnoy

Learning Center
Expert advice for companies hesitant to implement virtualization
Author of Virtualization Essentials, 2nd Edition, Matthew Portnoy, provides valuable information for those looking to implement virtualization.

Virtualization levels have peaked, so what’s next?
Virtualization levels may have peaked, but that doesn’t mean organizations should stop driving for further consolidation and efficiency savings.

IT resource management and virtual server housekeeping tips
Diligent IT resource management and regular housekeeping can help ensure you’re making the most of your server and storage investments.

Five ways a healthcare virtual assistant can improve patient engagement
Patients can use a voice-based healthcare virtual assistant as an education tool or to set medication and appointment reminders.

The rise of virtual workspace management tools
Virtual workspace management tools aggregate the many resources employees access and IT administrators manage, but such products aren’t right for every business.

Trending Terms
virtual private network
virtual asset
virtual manufacturing
virtual server
virtual memory

Writing for Business
The book “Virtualization for Dummies” provides a _________ explanation of virtualization that helps readers achieve a basic level of understanding.
A. simplified
B. simplistic
Answer


March 6, 2017  5:59 PM

broker

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert
Cloud broker, middleware, Service Broker

A broker is someone or something that acts as an intermediary third party, managing transactions between two other entities. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“As you go into the cloud, you no longer need to buy hardware and software but only the hardware service and the software service, so system integration goes away, and it becomes service integration — and that service integration is what a cloud broker does.” – Kevin L. Jackson

Learning Center
Buying cloud access security brokers with confidence
IT security professionals assessing and buying cloud access security broker services will learn from this Buyer’s Guide how to evaluate the CASB products that service providers now offer.

Cloud brokerage: Are cloud brokers ‘tomorrow’s system integrators’?
The cloud brokerage market could reach $160 billion by 2018, and observers anticipate a lot of activity among cloud brokers and traditional IT companies in the next few years.

IT as a service: How to succeed as an IT broker
Is your organization moving toward offering IT as a service? Find out what CIOs and experts have to say about succeeding as an IT broker.

Cisco targets shadow IT with online cloud security broker
Cisco’s new cloud security broker helps organizations rein in the use of unauthorized online services that pose a security risk.

How internal IT can become a cloud services broker
The cloud is here to stay, and IT can’t afford to be against it. Tom Nolle explains how IT can become a public cloud services broker.

Trending Terms
middleware
ad network
data broker
cloud broker
connection broker

Writing for Business
Brokers must work closely with cloud providers, while also _________ their services to appeal to customers.
A. distinguishing
B. differentiating
Answer


March 3, 2017  8:33 PM

fake news

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert
fake news, social media

Fake news is an inaccurate, sometimes sensationalistic report that is created to gain attention, mislead, deceive or damage a reputation. Unlike misinformation, which is inaccurate because a reporter has confused facts, fake news is created with the intent to manipulate someone or something. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Unlike other areas, where AI algorithms are successful, such as image recognition or natural language processing, there are fewer patterns to rely on with fake news.” – Ed Burns

Learning Center
Researchers work on AI algorithms to detect fake news
Artificial intelligence researchers are being challenged to come up with AI algorithms that can identify fake news, but is the technology ready?

Data trust gap confronts analytics — time to open the ‘black box’
To vault a data trust gap, there is a need to better explain what’s behind the recommendations that analytics tools make, according to KPMG’s Bill Nowacki.

The ‘supply chain of trust’ inherent to IoT data security
In this video interview, David Dufour of Webroot discusses why ensuring IoT data security begins with the connected device supply chain.

Putting the T in IoTT: The internet of trusted things
Without trusted data, we cannot act or bring about real change. In IoT, we have to close the loop in order to trust the data, trust the route and trust the information that is sent back.

Common biases that can taint analytics analysis
Businesses are increasingly using data to drive decisions, but these common biases can still muddle analytics analysis.

Trending Terms
disinformation
distribution channel
discussion board
Internet shill
social media influence

Writing for Business
I was annoyed when my friend shared the Facebook post about the dangers of microwave ovens, but he didn’t know any better. It was just a case of ________.
A. misinformation
B. disinformation
Answer


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